WSU Named a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education


Cyber program receives NSA designation

Wichita State University has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The designation is in recognition of the WSU College of Engineering’s Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. Such designations are awarded by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security to support a federal effort to involve higher education in addressing a critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills.

“The College of Engineering at WSU is committed to being a leader in meeting private and public sector
needs in cyber defense,” said Dr. Jan Twomey, associate dean. The graduate certificate program is taught by faculty from the electrical and engineering and computer science department, who are experienced in cyber-physical systems, communications security, network security and cloud security. “Besides recognizing the skills and knowledge of students in this certificate program, this designation also serves as a stamp of excellence on their transcripts and resume,” said Dr. Sergio A. Salinas Monroy, coordinator of the certificate program.

The College of Engineering also offers a bachelor’s degree in applied computing with a cybersecurity emphasis. Additionally, there is a growing focus on community outreach designed to develop the next
generation of cybersecurity specialists, led by the Wichita State Hub for Cyber Security Education and Awareness (HCEA). The HCEA hosts a monthly speaker series and supports a Cybersecurity Boot Camp for high school students each summer.

Above photo: Cybersecurity Hub Director Joe Jabrara (center left) and Dr. Sergio Salinas (center right) receive formal recognition for WSU's Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Conference in Phoenix in November 2019.